Dancer, singer, spiritualist...
YOU CALL her a good dancer, she deserves it; call her intelligent, she proves it when she speaks; you say she is a good actress and you find an affirmation. You see her in films and guess that she is in mid-twenties? Here, you are wrong. She is Hrishita Bhatt. All of 21. The screen adds a few years to her age. "Oh many people say that I look much younger off-screen," she says. Hrishita Bhatt is no different when it comes to matters of age. In Delhi this past week for the promotion of "Dil Vil Pyar Vyar", Hrishita earlier played the Buddhist girl, Asoka's wife in "Asoka" and a smart journalist in "Shararat". In "Dil Vil... she plays a Catholic girl who is not driven by anybody but only follows her heart.
A trained Kathak dancer, she is a graduate in Philosophy from Mumbai's Mithibai College. She took the subject because she loves topics related to spiritualism. So it is Khalil Gibran she admires, paints and reads to pep herself up.
"Youth does not mean a college-going boy or girl only. It is much beyond and Bollywood would take some time in understanding this," she says when it comes to discussing today's youth-related films. "Audiences can't be fooled anymore. Their awareness level is increasing, so it's time we gave them some meaningful films," she suggests.
So it is "Hasil" of Digmanshu Dhulia, Tarun Khanna's "Tere Pyar Ki Kasam" and Sanjay Chel's "Yahoo" she is coming in, in what she says have good concepts. Mention "Shararat" and see a few creases on her forehead. "The film got delayed at a time when there was a great market slump in the wake of NY 11 attack. It also affected the box office collection," she reasons.
"Asoka" brings back her smile "The role of a Buddhist girl was not easy to play, enjoyable yet." The thin business that both films did at the box office does not affect. "I would hate to judge a film as good or bad as I know what pains one goes through in making a film," she says. Any dream roles? "Now one can't even think of any because innovative roles are coming up fast that never existed earlier. You have so many young directors who can give you more than a dream role so why get confined?" Well, but she definitely has one cornered in her heart to show her dancing skill. In "Dil Vil... " the song "Oh Hasina Zulfon Vali" shows it a bit, she says.
RANA A. SIDDIQUI
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